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Clay Rice Performance and Silhouette Cutting

The Sumter County Museum presents The Stick – Silhouette Cutting and Performance with Clay Rice February 2. Silhouette cuttings (pre-registration and fee required for silhouette cuttings) take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., with a performance by Rice at 1:30 p.m. Performance is free. Clay Rice is as much a folklorist as he is a visual artist, collecting stories from people he meets and preserving their tales in silhouettes, an art form that began in France in the mid-1700s, taking its name from one of its most famous practitioners, Etienne de Silhouette. Rice learned his craft from the master—his grandfather, famed South Carolina silhouette artist Carew Rice, who was described by poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s greatest silhouettist.”